The Foreign Interference Commission–Part III

On April 8, 2024, stage one, week three of the Public Inquiry into Foreign Interference in Federal Electoral Process and Democratic Institutions (The Commission) began.  The three days of hearings featured testimonies provided by senior public servants, parliamentary advisors, Ministers, and the Prime Ministers. Senior public servants are invaluable during “writ periods”. During the thirty-seven… Read more »

Diplomacy in the 21st Century Through A German Lens

“Sensibility”, “restraint”, and “cooperation” are words that would likely never get attributed to the Germany of the 1900s after what transpired during World War 1 (WW1) and World War 2 (WW2).  Instead, words that would have been more closely associated with that Germany would likely have been words like “radical”, “war”, and “extermination”.  Some of… Read more »

Cities in Six: Stockholm, Sweden

Stately Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and its most populous city.  The city is spread across fourteen islands in southeast Sweden, adjacent to the Baltic Sea.  There has been settlement in the area since at least the Stone Age.  Thirty kilometres west of the city is the Viking-age trading centre of Birka, which was… Read more »

Vintage Voice

Last weekend’s horrible attacks at the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping mall in Sydney, Australia prompted us to cocoon in the archives and look for some gentler Bondi Beach references.  Cue the Travelling Student… Textbooks and sand.  Philip Kirkbride feels out of place studying at Bondi Beach while others surf and party.  “Despite the always Saturday… Read more »

Student Sizzle—Following What’s Hot!

Facebook: How to apply for student loans. A student applying for a loan for the first time seeks advice on how to fill out the application. One student suggests leaving the application blank, allowing the applicant to receive the maximum amount allowed. Other students recommend using the course fee calculator, available at Additionally, another student… Read more »

Traditional Chinese Tea Eggs Recipe at Home

One of my favorite breakfast items as a child was homemade tea eggs made by my grandmother.  She would always advocate its health benefits alongside its incredible fragrance and flavor.  When she made tea eggs for the household, the entire home would fill with the aroma of herbs and spices making my mouth water.  Recently,… Read more »

Thoughts on Wealth and Generosity

In a sales course, I learned to balance empathy with focus, or in other words, be a bunny and a shark.  The bunny is the super sweet bearer of customer service, and the shark sinks its teeth into the wallet.  Although the teachings taught me to close the sale and get the highest cut while… Read more »

The Passing at the Children’s Cancer Ward

I had been entertaining my friend’s daughter who had a brain tumor erupt and was labeled as a vegetable by the doctor at the children’s emergency hospital.  But I knew she was lucid but couldn’t express herself due to paralysis.  I knew this because I had taken a Community Rehabilitation class where I learned that… Read more »

AU-Thentic Events

The Future of Architectural Education Tues, Apr 23, 9:00 to 10:30 am MDT Online Hosted by AU Centre for Architecture Register through above link Library Chat Tues, Apr 23, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm MDT Online Hosted by AU Library No pre-registration needed; access through chat box on home page AU’s 2024 Three… Read more »